Cortez and Mancos, CO Breweries

main street brewery cortez

Read about our stay in Cortez here!


main street brewery cortez

main street brewery cortez beer list

Where do I start with this unfortunate place? The brewery is set in a grand old bar in an early 1900’s building, but it’s somehow quiet and depressing in there, with a boring variety of country music playing softly while we were there. ¬†The food menu is laminated and too colorful, with too many (>0) pictures of the food they serve.

They’ve been brewing on location for 21 years, but we also weren’t taken with any of the beers. They had a Mango Pale Ale that Lauren somewhat liked, but she likes mango juice and beer and found what seemed like a 50/50 combo of the two enjoyable enough.

There’s a chance I’m not being fair, although that’s probably not the case. As a caveat against my negativity, I’ll note that they were out of their IPA when we were there; that never helps.


mancos brewing co

mancos beer list

Mancos Brewing Co comes across as a small, family run brewery in a little town just outside of Mesa Verde National Park. It’s a cozy spot, with seating for just 16 indoors, including a small 5-seat bar, housed in a former cabinet shop.

They opened their doors about 18 months ago, fronted by a head brewer who got his start at Moab Brewing Company. I was disappointed to find that they don’t brew a true American-style IPA or other hop-head beer, but we did like the Gold Lite Ale quite a bit, although that’s not normally my style.

They brew only six beers–with no seasonal offerings, at least when we were there–and they sell their beer for off-site consumption in 22 ounce bottles. They don’t have much distribution, but Mesa Verde National Park, known for its ancient Native American¬†cliff dwellings, now sells Mancos’s Cliff Dweller Red Ale. Incidentally, Lauren and I don’t typically like Red Ales, but the saison hops in this one gave it a pleasant taste.

They also have a small food menu that is comprised mostly of sandwiches.

mancos brewing co